It is with great joy we introduce our March Member of the Month, Rainy Hovarth. It has been nothing but sunshine since we met this special gal. It is true that we are impressed with the fact that Rainy has over 140 Craftsy classes. But, the real reason we love her so is that she has been loyal to Craftsy since the very beginning. As we have grown as a company, Rainy has been growing as a crafter.
Without further ado, let's meet this crafty devil. Sorry about stealing your line, Rainy! It was just too good to resist.
What are you best at when it comes to crafting?
I am not yet an expert at anything, but thanks to the great teachers at Craftsy, I am on my way. Now a passable knitter, quilter, seamstress AND baker; I laugh when I remember when I couldn't sew a straight line or knit a row without mysteriously adding stitches.
This sounds like it has been quite the journey since you started crafting. And, we are so glad our Craftsy instructors have been able to help you along the way. What has been the biggest struggle with your craft?
Finding the time I want to devote to all my crafts! Getting started, I underestimated the amount of time that it takes to develop a skill and at first was frustrated because I was not instantly perfect. Not quitting when I became frustrated used to be a problem.
Awww. Yes. We, too, wish there was just more time to get all the crafting done. How did you start your crafting?
I did not craft at all but was a computer geek. One day, I walked into a fabulous quilt shop out of curiosity and fell in love with the fabric and samples. I looked at my hands, which had only keyboarded, and thought, “I wonder what else these hands could do.”
And, your hands have been creating beautiful things ever since. Who first taught you how to craft?
Around the same time, my mother became very ill. On one of my trips to visit her, my friend, a fabulous fabric artist, Judith Conaway, put a crochet hook in my hand. She said, "If you don’t learn a craft you are going to lose my mind." She gave me some yarn, and taught me crochet basics that very day.
"She said, 'If you don’t learn a craft you are going to lose my mind.' She gave me some yarn, and taught me crochet basics that very day."
With that kind of support and inspiration to start your own crafting projects, have you ever taught others?
I don’t consider myself good enough to teach others, but I certainly do encourage other people to learn crafts and check out Craftsy.
It seems like your encouragement is magnetic. Have you met others through Craftsy?
Through Craftsy, I learned about Vogue Knitting, which I attended three years in a row. And, I have met a number of other crafters there.
It is so wonderful that the crafting community circles back to in-person events, which in turn, helps you to meet more crafters at Craftsy. What has been your favorite craft/class at Craftsy? Why?
It would be hard to pick just one. There are so many that I love. But if I had to pick just one, it would be Stepahnie Japel’s Knit Lab: Projects, Patterns & Techniques class. I love it and keep coming back to it because, although it is a basics class, she teaches you so much technique. From her class, I really got a solid knowledge of basic knitting and have created many beautiful things. I also love her sense of humor and laid-back style.
With instructors like Stephanie, it really is easy to want to cozy up to Craftsy classes anytime. How do you prefer to participate at Craftsy i.e. website, mobile, tablet?
I prefer to take classes on my home PC or laptop, but do also tune in on my iPad when I’m on the road.
It is nice to know you and other members can take Craftsy on the road with you. In what way do you benefit from crafting at Craftsy the most?
Craftsy has enriched my life because it has shown me that I am capable of doing many creative, complicated things that result in delightful, tangible results. By taking a variety of Craftsy classes my confidence has grown, and my appreciation of crafts of all kinds has blossomed. Craftsy brings joy to my life.
"Craftsy has enriched my life because it has shown me that I am capable of doing many creative, complicated things that result in delightful, tangible results."
And, you have brought so much joy to Craftsy as a member. What classes were you happiest to take at Craftsy?
Every class makes me happy, but Lola Jenkins' Thread Art class has opened up an amazing new world for me that is spilling over into my life in ways I never dreamed of.
We love to hear that crafting can spill into the nooks and crannies of everyday life. What advice would you give to a large group of Craftsy beginners?
Do not give up. As my friend Judith Conaway taught me, “you only get good at things you do a lot of.” So, don’t quit no matter what. Just keep doing it, and one day you’'ll see that you can do it.
It sounds like your friend, Judith, has some wonderful advice. We are so glad you are here to help spread it. With that inspiration, you must have many successfully completed projects. You mentioned that you ate the evidence for any food pictures, but what project did you create that makes you most proud? Do you have a picture of it?
I have given almost everything I have made away. But I do have photos of some things that are either not complete, not sent out, or don’t have homes yet. I get a lot of joy from giving beautiful handcrafted gifts to people, and they seem to be really touched by them.
I have given almost everything I have made away...I get a lot of joy from giving beautiful handcrafted gifts to people, and they seem to be really touched by them.
It sounds like you are touching many lives through your crafts. We definitely want to pay it forward with you. What class on Craftsy would you most like to see in the future?
As a writer, I wish you had a group of creative writing classes. It would be wonderful to study poetry writing and script writing and novel writing, and self publishing in your wonderful environment.
You never know what we have up our sleeves. We can always appreciate great writers. With all your creating, where do you find inspiration for new projects?
From life, from looking at art and nature, and also by leafing through magazines. Believe it or not, I dream of my projects!